Y.O.U.T.H. Grants - Youth Opportunities Unlimited Throughout Hillsdale

Hillsdale County Community Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $6,000

Next deadline: Apr 1, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Nov 1, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Hillsdale County, Michigan

Location of residency: United States

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The HCCF YOUTH Council is interested in funding projects that will improve the quality of life for the young people of Hillsdale County. Eligible projects generally fall within these categories: education, fine arts, social services, community development, recreation, environmental issues, health and wellness, and improvement in the physical, mental, and moral conditions of Hillsdale County young people. The Foundation aims to support creative approaches to community needs and problems that benefit the widest possible range of people. The YOUTH Council has an ongoing program for studying the assets, needs and concerns of the young people of Hillsdale County, which identifies areas of opportunity that guide decision-making regarding grants. A copy of these survey results is available upon request. 


The Kellogg Youth Advisory Fund is a special endowment fund made possible by an initial challenge grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This Fund is now a part of the Hillsdale County Community Foundation. Income from this Fund must be used for projects that involve and benefit young people under 21 years of age throughout Hillsdale County. 

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  • The YOUTH welcome grant applications from the Hillsdale County area or outside Hillsdale County if a significant number of the youth to be served reside within Hillsdale County.
  • Applicants shall be tax exempt according to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an educational institution, or a governmental unit.
  • Grant requests must include youth in the planning and implementation of the project.
  • The application must be filled out by the youth of the applying organization, with the only exception being a project involving very young children


  • The YOUTH give priority to programs which:
    • Reach as many people as possible in the county
    • Increase individual access to community resources
    • Examine and address the underlying causes of local problems
    • Promote personal independence and achievement
    • Seek challenge or matching grants
    • Attract volunteer resources and support
    • Strengthen the private, non-profit sector
    • Encourage collaboration with other organizations
    • Build the capacity of the applying organization
    • Support the start-up of new programs that solve critical local problems or address critical local needs
    • Focus on prevention 


  • Low priority is given to requests for bricks and mortar, and ongoing programs where alternative funding is not planned to carry a program/project forward following a Foundation grant. 
  • The current objectives of the Foundation do not allow grants for:
    • Religious or sectarian purposes
    • Individuals
    • Legislative or political purposes
    • Loans
    • Capital campaigns
    • Routine maintenance, including office equipment
    • Administrative costs for maintaining the present operation of an organization, including, but not limited to, staff salaries, wages, and benefits. Salaries may be considered on a case-by-case basis only as related to direct program expenses, not daily operations.
    • Education requests that supplant rather than supplement the ongoing operations of the school district such as equipment or education materials, including state-mandated/benchmark core curriculum supplies and resources. 

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